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Install a peephole in your front door so you can see callers without opening the door. Do not rely on chains.
Ask for proper identification from delivery men or strangers. Don't be afraid of asking - if they are legitimate they won't mind.
Keep windows and doors secured with adequate locks at all times. For ventilation, secure windows open no more than five".
Close your curtains or blinds at night to prevent strangers from seeing you are alone.
Women who live alone should list only their last name and first initial in phone directories and on mailboxes.
Be alert to protect your neighbors and yourself. Never mention to a stranger that a neighbor lives, or is at home, alone.
When a stranger asks to use the telephone, do not permit him to enter. Offer to summon emergency assistance or make the call for him.
Do not hide spare keys
. Give your keys to trusted neighbors. There is no safe place to hide an extra key.
If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, don't go in. Go to the nearest phone and call the police.
Have good lighting at all entrances.
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